Livewire 9: Electrifying

The Livewire concert scheduled for Saturday, October 27 has been postponed because of a power outage and will take place tomorrow (Sunday the 28th) at 6 pm. All tickets will be honored and refunds will be available.

Livewire 9: Electrifying
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

UMBC’s ninth annual new music festival — Livewire 9: Electrifying — celebrates the music of composer Anna Rubin and her contemporaries, including Pierre BoulezNathan Lincoln de Cusatis, Linda DusmanHannah LashElainie Lillios, Steve ReichGregory Spears, and Dan Visconti.

Featured on the series of four concerts are award-winning performers and many UMBC faculty and alumni, including the Inscape Chamber Orchestra; Hui-Chuan Chen, piano; Rachel Choe, flute; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Noah Getz, saxophone; Tom Goldstein, percussion; Gita Ladd, cello; Jacqueline Pollauf, harp; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Jonathan Zwi, guitar; and the Umbilicus percussion ensemble (featuring Paul NeidhardtMichelle PurdyWill Redman). UMBC visual arts faculty Stephen Bradley, Vin Grabill and Timothy Nohe, and IMDA MFA student Jason Charney will also present works during Livewire 9: Electrifying.

Anna RubinConcert One — Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Anna Rubin: A Portrait Concert

Ruckus new music ensemble

Livewire kicks off with a concert of works by composer Anna Rubin, who retired from UMBC’s music faculty in 2018 after a distinguished career, performed by the Ruckus new music ensemble. Featured works include Dreaming Fire, Tasting RainStolen Gold; and everything goes beeTaming the BeastPortalHag Riding; and The Memory of Her Voice.

The varied works of Anna Rubin have been heard throughout North America, Europe and Asia from 1978 to the present. Beginning with acoustic composition in traditional forms — solo, chamber, and orchestral works for various ensembles — she has focused more recently on the integration of amplified instruments with live electronics as well as ‘electric stories’ — richly layered narrations embedded in digital sound. The special sounds of Baroque instruments — lute, flute, oboe, recorder and the viola da gamba — have also inspired her to write many works. Her most recent experiments involve composing music that extends the natural and graceful movements of the virtuoso performer ritual and dance.

In addition to two recent awards by the Maryland State Arts Council, she has been honored multiple times by both the Ohio Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and named a Fellow of the National Orchestral Association. The Delta Ensemble Gaudeamus Prize was granted to her work De Nacht: Lament for Malcolm X in Holland in 1984. She and co-composer Laurie Hollander were awarded a jury prize by the Aether Festival #1-International Radio Art/Radio Station KUNM, Albuquerque for their piece Family Stories: Sophie, Sally. Her work has been commissioned by several groups, including the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Arts Council, the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra/Oberlin Choristers/Ohio Ballet Theatre, Cleveland Choral Arts Society, Urban Sky Consort, WNYC, and New American Radio. Soloists such as Thomas Buckner, Marlowe Fisher, F. Gerard Errante, Jeffrey Krieger, E. Michael Richards, Airi Yoshioka, Maria Loos and Isabelle Ganz have commissioned works from her as well. Her work is recorded on the Capstone, Neuma, Sony and SEAMUS labels and she is published by Leisure Planet and AR New Music Publications.

Featured during the performance will be two videos by artist Vin Grabill: Sky Buy and Cicada Songs I.

From 6:45 to 7:30, and during intermission, artist Timothy Nohe will present his interactive installation Entr’acte-Interact in 236 Performing Arts and Humanities Building, a few feet from the entrance to the concert hall.

Livewire Student ConcertConcert Two — Saturday, October 27, 12 p.m.
UMBC Student Composers and Performers

The next generation of emerging talent is showcased in this concert, featuring premieres and works in progress by UMBC student composers, performed by their colleagues.

The department’s composition area provides a diverse and highly individualized foundation for students aspiring to build careers in composition with opportunities to create music for the stage, as well as collaborate with their fellow students in film, video and gaming. All new works composed by student composers receive workshops and performances by either students or professionals, and all are professionally recorded. Coursework involves a year of composition classes, including an introduction to electronic music. This is followed by private lessons in which students compose the program for their senior recital. Student performers and composers are mentored or coached by  full-time music faculty, most of whom specialize in contemporary music performance.

RuckusConcert Three — Rescheduled time: Sunday, October 28, 6 p.m.
UMBC Faculty: Fully Charged

UMBC faculty, including Lisa Cella, Hui-Chuan Chen, Jacqueline Pollauf, Airi Yoshioka, and Jonathan Zwi, are joined by Rachel Chloe and Noah Getz in a program featuring:

Pierre Boulez — Sonatine
Linda Dusman — Dream Prayer
Elainie Lillios — Among Fireflies
Anna Rubin — Silk and Steel
Steve Reich — Electric Counterpoint (with a visual counterpart by Jason Charney)

Artist Timothy Nohe will present his interactive installation Entr’acte-Interact in 236 Performing Arts and Humanities Building, a few feet from the entrance to the concert hall.

Artist Stephen Bradley will present a new video work to accompany Elainie Lillios’s Among Fireflies.

Inscape Chamber EnsembleConcert Four — Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m.
Inscape Chamber Orchestra
A Look to the Future: The New Generation

At 2 p.m., composer Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis will give a pre-concert talk on his work.

Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. For this event, Inscape presents works by some of the most exciting up and coming composers on the scene:

Nathan Lincoln de Cusatis — Oblivion
Hannah Lash — Hush
Gregory Spears — The Bear and the Dove
Dan Visconti — Black Bend
Dan Visconti — Low Country Haze

With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond. Inscape has worked joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape members regularly perform with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond, and Delaware symphonies, the Washington Opera Orchestra, and are members of the premiere Washington service bands. Former Inscape performers are members of orchestras across the United States and abroad. Inscape’s roots can be traced to the University of Maryland School of Music when Scerbo and other music students collaborated at the Clarice Smith Center as the Philharmonia Ensemble.


Concerts 1, 3, and 4: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for UMBC music majors and music faculty/staff, available online or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

Concert 2 is free admission, and tickets are not required.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where Linehan Concert Hall is located — please see here for additional information.

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